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Chapter 15 1 He that feareth the Lord will do good, and he that hath the knowledge of the law shall obtain her.2 And as a mother shall she meet him, and receive him as a wife married of a virgin.3 With the bread of understanding shall she feed him, and give him the water of wisdom to drink.4 He shall be stayed upon her, and shall not be moved; and shall rely upon her, and shall not be confounded.5 She shall exalt him above his neighbours, and in the midst of the congregation shall she open his mouth.6 He shall find joy and a crown of gladness, and she shall cause him to inherit an everlasting name.7 But foolish men shall not attain unto her, and sinners shall not see her.8 For she is far from pride, and men that are liars cannot remember her.9 Praise is not seemly in the mouth of a sinner, for it was not sent him of the Lord.10 For praise shall be uttered in wisdom, and the Lord will prosper it.11 Say not thou, It is through the Lord that I fell away: for thou oughtest not to do the things that he hateth.12 Say not thou, He hath caused me to err: for he hath no need of the sinful man.13 The Lord hateth all abomination; and they that fear God love it not.14 He himself made man from the beginning, and left him in the hand of his counsel;15 If thou wilt, to keep the commandments, and to perform acceptable faithfulness.16 He hath set fire and water before thee: stretch forth thy hand unto whether thou wilt.17 Before man is life and death; and whether him liketh shall be given him.18 For the wisdom of the Lord is great, and he is mighty in power, and beholdeth all things:19 And his eyes are upon them that fear him, and he knoweth every work of man.20 He hath commanded no man to do wickedly, neither hath he given any man licence to sin.

Chapter 16 1 Desire not a multitude of unprofitable children, neither delight in ungodly sons.2 Though they multiply, rejoice not in them, except the fear of the Lord be with them.3 Trust not thou in their life, neither respect their multitude: for one that is just is better than a thousand; and better it is to die without children, than to have them that are ungodly.4 For by one that hath understanding shall the city be replenished: but the kindred of the wicked shall speedily become desolate.5 Many such things have I seen with mine eyes, and mine ear hath heard greater things than these.6 In the congregation of the ungodly shall a fire be kindled; and in a rebellious nation wrath is set on fire.7 He was not pacified toward the old giants, who fell away in the strength of their foolishness.8 Neither spared he the place where Lot sojourned, but abhorred them for their pride.9 He pitied not the people of perdition, who were taken away in their sins:10 Nor the six hundred thousand footmen, who were gathered together in the hardness of their hearts.11 And if there be one stiffnecked among the people, it is marvel if he escape unpunished: for mercy and wrath are with him; he is mighty to forgive, and to pour out displeasure.12 As his mercy is great, so is his correction also: he judgeth a man according to his works13 The sinner shall not escape with his spoils: and the patience of the godly shall not be frustrate.14 Make way for every work of mercy: for every man shall find according to his works.15 The Lord hardened Pharaoh, that he should not know him, that his powerful works might be known to the world.